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British Politics in times of Brexit – where do we go from here?

By Kathryn Simpson / 1 March, 2017

For the first time in the history of the European Union (EU) a member state has voted to leave the Union. The UK has often been coined ‘an awkward partner’ – a catch-all term to encompass the UK’s troubled relationship with the European integration process and the recent vote to...

Romania- the political crisis is over, but the real challenges are lying ahead

By Victoria Stoiciu / 28 February, 2017

The Romanian parliamentary elections held in December 2016 were won massively by the Social Democratic Party (PSD, 45%), who also formed the Government in January 2017, next to the liberal-democrats from the Liberal Democratic Alliance (ALDE). Soon after the installment, the new government, led by Sorin Grindeanu, announced a set...

Young and progressive: How the Portuguese left can maintain the support of millennial voters

By Mafalda Dâmaso / 23 February, 2017

In the days after Donald Trump’s shocking victory in late 2016, one image was widely shared on social media: a mostly blue map of what the result would have been if only 18 to 34 year-old voters had participated in the Presidential election. Although visually compelling, this isn’t surprising: millennials...

Portugal: A historical political pact on the left

By Sofia Serra da Silva / 23 February, 2017

Since November 2015, Portugal has a left-wing government led by Prime Minister António Costa from the Socialist Party (PS) with the parliamentary support of three other left-wing political parties: the Communists (PCP), the Greens (PEV) and the radical left (Bloco de Esquerda- Left Block). This government reflects the results of...

The quadruple irresponsibility of Brexit

By Colin Crouch / 6 February, 2017

Now that the United Kingdom government has started to clarify its intentions for life outside the European Union, we can increasingly see that the decision to withdraw from the EU is a quadruple irresponsibility. First, we have decided to tear up the economic relations that we have enjoyed for over...

From the frying pan into the fire. Migration: after Turkey, the EU turns to Libya

By Hedwig Giusto / 6 February, 2017

About one year ago, the attention of the EU focused, as far as the migration crisis was concerned, on the Eastern Mediterranean route, and in particular on Turkey and Greece, respectively the main country of boarding and landing for the huge flows of refugees that were fleeing chiefly from a...

The left in contemporary Spain

By José Félix Tezanos / 2 February, 2017

During the first years of Spain’s political process of transition to democracy, the left wing vote was structured around one main, and at times practically hegemonic, party, PSOE, which came to win the support of over 40% of the electorate- 48% in 1982, 44% in 1986 and 43.1% in 2008-,...

The Spanish left faces its greatest challenge

By Ignacio Martín Granados / 2 February, 2017

Although it is often said that social-democracy has been in crisis since birth, it is no surprise that in recent years it has experienced particularly hard times. Without mentioning the collapse of PASOK, it is years since the German SDP achieved more than 25% of the vote, the French Socialist...

Tracing the history of the marketization of welfare

By Amandine Crespy / 2 February, 2017

Can contestation stop the marketization policies in the European Union ? This is the question addressed by my recent book Welfare Markets in Europe. The Democratic Challenge of European Integration (Palgrave, 2016). As the latest crisis of financial capitalism which broke out in 2008 in the USA put the European banking...

Brexit becomes reality

By Andrew Harrop / 26 January, 2017

For pro-Europeans in Britain the last six months have been devastating. For a while, after the 23rd June referendum, there was a feeling of disbelief and defiance. Tens of thousands took to the streets. We said Brexit would never happen. We waited in vain for opinion polls to show public...

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